Music, Language, Sign and Text

University of Limerick

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Music, Language, Sign and Text

  • Host University

    University of Limerick

  • Location

    Limerick, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Linguistics, Music (BA), Writing Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    Rationale and Purpose of the Module: 
    To develop the student¿s critical understanding of the relationship of language, signs and symbols to music. This will allow students to engage their academic studies in the field of performing arts in a more critical and informed manner.

    Syllabus: 
    In this module students will be introduced to the broad twentieth-century traditions of structuralism, post-structuralism, post-modernism and cognitive linguistics. They will examine the application of theoretical structures from these traditions, in particular those promoted by Saussure, Barthes, Fauconnier, Bahktin, Kristeva, Lakoff, Turner and Foucault, in the contexts of understanding roles of meaning and the interaction of sign, text and language in musical and musicological contexts. Students will be encouraged to examine these theoretical constructs in the constructs of their own performance practices. Students will be provided with written feedback according to BA Irish Music and Dance policy.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.